When you start your system, you are usually prompted to enter your
username and password. If you did not install your system yourself,
check with your system administrator for your username and password.
After logging in to KDE for the first time, you see the KDE desktop,
which shows the following basic elements:
By default, the desktop folder shows the contents of its
~/Desktop directory. Whenever you insert some file
into this directory, it appears in this view too.
Desktop Context Menu:
Right-click an empty area on the desktop to access the context menu for
configuring the appearance of the desktop, adding panels or widgets to
the desktop, configuring your desktop settings, locking the widgets in
their current position, or for leaving the current session or locking
Move your mouse pointer to the icon in the upper right corner of the
desktop to access a menu that lets you add or lock widgets.
By default, the panel of your KDE desktop consists of the main menu
icon on the left, further widgets and program icons, and the panel
settings icon on the right. If you hold your mouse pointer over an icon
in the panel, a short description is displayed.
Modifying Desktop Panels
The bottom panel can be customized to suit your individual needs, and
additional panels can be configured to further personalize your
To add a new panel, right-click an empty area on the desktop and select
. To delete a panel, right-click a blank
space in the panel and select .
openSUSE requires that at least one panel is left on the desktop.
To add new widget, proceed with
Adding and Removing Widgets.
Adding and Removing Widgets
Widgets are small applications that can be integrated into your panel:
To add a widget to the panel, right-click an empty patch on the
panel, and select
If these menu items are not available, your desktop elements are
probably locked. Unlock them first as described in
Locking and Unlocking Desktop Objects.
In the dialog box that appears, you can limit the selection of
widgets that is shown with the drop-down list at the top.
Select a widget and click . The widget
appears in your panel.